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Confronting a Childhood Abuser

Confronting a Childhood Abuser

Update: 2019-05-2480
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Three months ago, a recording of Sterling Van Wagenen, a founder of the Sundance Film Festival, appeared on an obscure website for whistle-blowers in the Mormon Church. The “Daily” producer Annie Brown spoke with our colleague about the story that recording told. Guest: Elizabeth Harris, a culture reporter for The New York Times, talked to Sean Escobar, who made the recording of Mr. Van Wagenen.

For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. This episode contains descriptions of abuse.

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Nelly P

I don't believe a single pedophile is a one-time offender. No way. When the offender disclosed that he'd had several affairs and slept with prostitutes and Sean's wife and parents thought the offender was so generous and therefore telling the truth, my first thought was that adultery isn't punishable by the laws of the land. Of course he'd admit something he couldn't go to jail for. I think there are more victims out there who will hopefully come forth. Although the incentive might not be there if the statue of limitations has passed for them like it has for Sean.

May 30th
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lzk222

Get over yourself. We all deal with tough shit in our lives. The fact that put this on your kids and out in the world is sad. You had a supportive mom your whole life. You shoulda talked to a shrink before having a family.

May 30th
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Mark Fisher

lzk222 Are you fucking kidding?

Jun 5th
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Ivie van Lent

"I like to label myself as a bisexual, not a pedophile." As a bisexual, this disgusts me. There's such a clear line between "I'm attracted to people of multiple genders" and "I attack sleeping kids." It's not difficult to understand. Don't try to use that as a cop out.

May 26th
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林思幸

Ivie van Lent Nice

May 30th
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Lis Stanger

thank you amazing episode

May 25th
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Tom Hoole

as a former Mormon , I think you should do a part two asking the church , how they let this slide, they are strong into following the laws of the land , and the concept of restitution , the church leaders should of made him apologize to his victim, and turn himself into the authorities, the Church dropped the ball..

May 24th
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Cassie

great episode!

May 24th
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Amy3422

Serious respect to Sean Escobar for his conscientiousness and bravery!

May 24th
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LindDes

this happened to me at age 17 by my friends adult cousin. scared me to death, had no clue who was in the dark trying to touch me. My friend did not believe me, ended our friendship. It makes me sick to think that he could now be doing the same to a daughter or her friends.

May 24th
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Amy Chang

thank you for sharing

May 24th
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Confronting a Childhood Abuser

Confronting a Childhood Abuser